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Bottom of fingerboard (part glued to maple) is arched. This transitions in with the smaller side dots becoming pearl after the larger 1/4" top dots become pearl.Gold Fender peghead decal thicker than previous "spaghetti" logo. Plastic white three layer pickguard replaces celluloid. Maple fingerboard optional (2 piece neck, no "skunk stripe").Black Fender peghead decal with 2 patent numbers (2,741,146 & 3,143,028)."F" style tuning gears replaces "Kluson-Deluxe" gears. 3 bolt neck with micro-tilt replaces 4 bolt system.Examine the neck plate for a serial number beginning with an "L." If your Telecaster has a serial number starting with an "L," this normally dates the Telecaster to the years 1963 through 1965.
Looking for an accurate reincarnation of Fender's 1962 Strat?Walnut "skunk stripe" down back of neck where truss rod was installed.Single layer, white vinyl pickguard with 8 attachment screws. Each nickel plated saddle is stamped "Fender Pat Pend" (note reissue models are stamped "Fender Fender"). Vinyl plastic knobs and pickup covers replace "bakelite".Then take a look at the Fender American Vintage '62 Reissue Stratocaster electric guitar.For budgets that don't include ,000 to spend on Strats, the '62 Reissue Strat is as good as you can ask for.
"Small" peghead, round string tree, truss rod adjusts at butt. Serial number on neck plate (except April to May 1954 models on back tremolo plate).